Exocoetus obtusirostris

Author: Günther, 1866

Exocoetus obtusirostris Günther, 1866

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Exocoetus obtusirostris Günther, 1866 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays 13-14; anal finrays 13-15; pectoral finrays 15-17 (1 unbranched). Gillrakers 24-29 on first branch. Predorsal scales 18-22; scales between dorsal fin origin and lateral line usually 7. Colour: iridescent blue above, silvery below; fins greyish to transparent. Size: to 20 cm.

Habitat: epipelagic in oceanic waters. Food: no data. Reproduction: eggs pelagic, without filaments; juveniles without barbels.

Distribution: south of the Azores and Madeira, but individual stragglers known from off Portugal and in Mediterranean. Elsewhere, in tropical and subtropical Atlantic and south subtropical Pacific Oceans.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Kovalevskaya, 1964: 217-222, fig. 7.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.